Re:Nervous about Tornadoes
The tornadoes of 3-2-2012 went west and south of us here
the oddball tornado that leveled the little town of holton is about 24 miles west. Glenda has family that lives there, they are all ok, and only some minor damage to some of the out buildings.
The tornadoes that long tracked from New Pekin to Henryville into Northern KY through Piner, KY and into Moscow, OH were about 28 miles to the south of us.
I was out side watching the weather and witnessed insulation falling like snow from the sky, and a piece of corragated tin floating up in the air. Several neighbors found items with Louisville addresses and phone numbers in their yards the next day.
A local conservation officer's parents were killed in the henryville storm, and the next day 90+ miles away people in the northside of cincinnati were finding cancelled checks from what was left of their home.
My local lions club donated $5000 to the relief efforts in Holton and several of us have been out there a couple of times to do what we can.
It is humbling to think of what little control we have over such things, I have been through hurricanes and tornadoes, and the hopeless feeling you get knowing there is not a durn thing you can do but to protect yourself and family, and let the almighty do what he wants.
One of the stories out of the devastation that got my attention
The gentleman got his family to the basement of their house, as the storm bore down on them, he said, he prayed to keep his family safe, take the house and everything else but keep his family safe.
The storm directly hit his house and swiped it clean from the foundation, no studs were left only the floor joists and hardwood flooring. His family emerged from the basement, unharmed, the house, garage, cars all thier belongings gone, no trace of them what so ever, but the family was left unharmed.
I visited some friends in the new pekin area after the storm, there was a whole stretch of pavement ripped from the ground. I saw what was a HUGE sawmill with TONS of logs stacked everywhere. The buildings were gone and the logs looked like a child dumped a can of lincoln logs all over the area.
Mother Nature is amazing and terrifying